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Seat belt usage on the decline

New research released Wednesday says seat belts saved over 15,000 lives in the past year, but use seems to be declining with each generation.

Posted: May 16, 2018 7:16 PM
Updated: May 17, 2018 10:22 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- Click it or Ticket National Seat Belt Enforcement is right around the corner starting May 21st through June 3rd.

That means you better make sure you're wearing your seat belt.

"I feel like a lot of younger people are just fast in their lives and stuff, so they just forget about it. They're just in a hurry to get where they are going. then they just forget," Stewart Caldwell said.

Research from Erie Insurance says only 77% of ages 14 to 17 year olds say they always wear a seat belt.

While the baby boomer generation comes in at 94% of always wearing a seatbelt.

With so much going on in the car, Sgt. Jim Seay says lack of seatbelts is more likely to happen with distraction.

"You get into the car, and you're texting when you get in there. You start it up and then you drive off," he said.

"I feel like our mentality at 16 and our mentality at 30 is way different. When I had children, I wouldn't get on the rides at the fairs, but when I was sixteen I was going to Cedar Point riding on the crazy rides," Safeway Driving School co-owner Josh Bradtmiller said.

Bradtmiller says sometimes it takes young people seeing the consequences for them to take driving more seriously.

"We have a video called "It can't happen to me", and it talks about people with the same mentality and it did happen to them and then we hear their story and how it changed their life forever."

He says that while you could pay for the ticket you could get from not obeying the law, it's probably just better to be safe than sorry and wear the seatbelt.

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